Part 1 of The Bachelor‘s season 23 finale on Monday, March 11, delivered a first in the franchise’s 17-year history. Now, Hannah Godwin — one of two women left on the show after Cassie Randolph’s exit in the previous episode — is sharing her feelings about the emotional experience. (Spoiler alert: Don’t read any further if you don’t want to know what happened on Monday’s ep.)

As viewers saw during the first half of the two-night finale, Colton Underwood broke up with both Godwin and Tayshia Adams because he realized he was in love with Randolph — even though she said she wasn’t in love with him. His conversation with Adams went about as well as could be expected, but Godwin was visibly angry. During the live portion of Monday’s episode, she said that while she was no longer in love with Underwood, she still felt hurt and confused by his actions. She also said, though, that she was looking forward to her future, a sentiment she echoed on Instagram on Tuesday, March 12.

“So thankful for an experience and people that taught me that finally being just myself in the purest way was okay,” the 23-year-old from Alabama captioned a photo of herself talking with Bachelor host Chris Harrison. “Showing your true self (weaknesses & all) helps people connect with you, and if they don’t accept it then they’re not for you. Allowing yourself to feel feelings for once and be vulnerable is SO SO hard, especially if you have avoided it your whole life — but is also one of the most rewarding life moments that exists.”

She then acknowledged the of self-fulfillment, writing, “Loving others starts with loving your damn self first and never ever let anyone tell you your story or journey isn’t important because even the littlest impacts make you you. Being happy for others’ happiness is what leads to finding your own sometimes!”

After thanking fans and The Bachelor‘s network, ABC, she celebrated brighter days ahead (and perhaps even hinted at a future appearance on the franchise): “Here’s to a new adventure.”

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(Photos via ABC/Craig Sjodin + ABC/John Fleenor)